SOTA - Summits on the Air
SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas.
What is SOTA ? Most radio hams will be aware of the SOTA programme, it is fully operational in nearly a hundred countries across the world. Each country has its own Association which defines the recognised SOTA summits within that Association. Each summit earns the activators and chasers a score which is related to the height of the summit.
Although I started SOTA many years before, these pages details my SOTA activities during 2021, primarily in my home county of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park. So with so many 'G/LD' summits on my 'doorstep' (or within a reasonable travelling distance') it was time to get busy and out on the fells with some radio kit - when Covid-19 restrictions allowed.
Below are details of the summits activated during 2021, some summits were activated more than once, but are only listed once below. My SOTA activities focused mostly on 2m FM and were primarily undertaken with my SOTA buddy, Nick G0HIK, who concentrated on the QO-100 satellite and 23cm and 13cm bands. Thanks to everyone who came back to the CQ calls and my regular SOTA chasers. Hope to catch you on another summit soon!
For a brief summary of each activation, click on the summits listed below :
2021 SOTA activations:
09 April 2021... G/LD-049 Kirkby Moor
12 April 2021... G/LD-030 Blackcombe
23 April 2021... G/LD-018 Stony Cove Pike
26 April 2021... G/LD-054 Watch Hill
29 April 2021... G/LD-056 Whitbarrow - Lord's Seat
05 May 2021... G/LD-037 Little Mell Fell
07 may 2021... G/LD-035 Great Mell Fell
12 May 2021... G/LD-048 Top O'Selside
14 May 2021... G/LD-032 Whitfell
19 May 2021... G/LD-024 Pike of Blisco
27 May 2021... G/LD-029 Illgill Head
15 June 2021... G/LD-017 Red Screes
18 June 2021... G/LD-050 Gummer's How
22 June 2021... G/LD-003 Helvellyn
24 June 2021... G/LD-027 Place Fell
29 June 2021... G/LD-051 Holme Fell
01 July 2021... G/LD-033 Lord's Seat
07 July 2021... G/LD032 Whitfell (2) ATV activation
09 July 2021... G/LD022 Seat Sandal
15 July 2021... G/LD013 Coniston Old Man
12 September 2021... G/LD049 Kirkby Moor (LD SOTA Weekend)
17 September 2021... G/NP004 Whernside
22 November 2021... G/LD046 Lambrigg Fell